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Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Phone scam imitating WSU Police

Washington State University wants everyone to be aware of an ongoing phone scam targeting people across the state.

There have been multiple reports of people receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be an official with the WSU Police Department. The caller demands money and threatens legal trouble if the funds are not sent. Most alarming is that caller ID shows the name and phone number from a legitimate police agency.

WSU Police want you to know that they will never call anyone demanding money. Even if the caller is able to provide sensitive information (last four digits of social security number, address, date of birth, etc.) do not provide information to them.

If you do receive a call like this, WSU Police want you to report it to them at (509) 335-8548.

Help identify person of interest in credit card theft

Help identify person of interest in credit card theft

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying two persons of interest in a case of vehicle prowling and credit card fraud.

On the evening of June 6th or early June 7th, a vehicle parked in Colton, WA was illegally entered by one of more persons. A credit card was taken and later used at two businesses in Lewiston, Idaho.

Deputies received surveillance footage from one of the businesses where the credit card was used. Based on interviews with the business' loss prevention staff and video footage (pictured above) it is believed two females in their late-teens or early-20's have information that could lead to an arrest. Both females were described as being around 5'9” or 5'10” tall.

If you recognize the individual in the photo above, please call the Whitman County Sheriff's Office at (509) 397-6266 and reference case number 14-S1690.

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Windows phone scam hits Kootenai county

Windows phone scam hits Kootenai county

The Kootenai County Sheriff's office released an alert Thursday afternoon about a prevalent computer scam in the area, carried out over the phone.

It starts with a call from an individual who says he is with “Microsoft Windows Service Center.”

This caller states there is an issue with the customer’s computer and they could fix the problem by downloading an “APP”. If the citizen does go to their computer at the caller’s request, the caller will advise you of what you are seeing on your screen, and ask you to sign into “logmein.com.”

The caller will now have control of your computer. During conversation with the caller, they will ask for identifying information such as the last four of your Social Security Number. The caller will also alert you to your Windows certification being expired with you needing to pay them $395.00 or the computer will be “locked”. If you refuse to pay, your screen will go black with only a cursor for a password. Estimated repairs are over $100.

Alleged drunk driver causes Pullman power outage

Alleged drunk driver causes Pullman power outage

A 53-year-old Clarkston woman was arrested by Pullman police Monday night after she allegedly drove at speeds of up to 90 mph, side swiping vehicles and causing a rollover accident that led to a power outage in the north area of town.


Cheryl Bynum was taken into custody by Whitman County Sheriff's deputies on Highway 27 near milepost 5 after she lost control of her 1999 Chevy van. She was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and treated for neck and back pain, and then arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, and hit and run.

Missing mom's statements may be banned from trial

Missing mom's statements may be banned from trial

Prosecutors in northern Idaho say statements made by a woman before she disappeared should be allowed in the first-degree murder trial of her estranged husband.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Latah County Prosecutor's Office earlier this week challenged motions filed by attorneys for Charles A. Capone seeking to keep the statements out.

Rachael Anderson, a 40-year-old mother of four from Clarkston, Wash., was in the process of getting divorced when she disappeared April 16, 2010.

Authorities say she was lured to a Moscow, Idaho, auto repair shop owned by Capone where she was drugged and killed. Her body hasn't been found.

Court documents say that Anderson before disappearing was in what prosecutors call a state of ongoing emergency because she didn't know who was stalking her.

Uniontown man pleads guilty to lesser charge in attempted murder case

A Uniontown man accused of trying to kill his wife pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge in Whitman County Superior Court.

32-year-old Jacob Forster entered a plea agreement with prosecutors to a felony charge of first degree attempted assault. Forster was initially charged with attempted murder.

Judge Dave Frazier accepted the plea and sentenced Forster to nearly six years in prison.

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office arrested Forster last spring after his wife told authorities he tried to kill her with nitrogen gas while she slept.

Police say on March 27, Forster put a box over his wife's head and hooked up a pressurized tank.

The day before that, a $1 million insurance policy for Forster's wife was finalized and he was named the beneficiary.